Marble is a beautiful stone classically used in the construction of countertops, floors, and accents on furniture. It is limestone that has metamorphosed and combined with natural elements, resulting in a relatively soft material veined with a range of colors and patterns. Marble is easily stained, etched, and dulled, so it’s important to know how to take care of it well if you want it to last for a long time.
Protect marble from scratches. Don’t set sharp-edged objects directly on marble. If you have marble floors, use padding under chair and table legs. Use coasters and mats on marble countertops to protect them from glasses and appliances.
Clean marble frequently. Marble stains very quickly, especially if a liquid is allowed to sit untouched for a period of time. Clean up orange juice, wine, and coffee as soon as they are spilled.
- Other materials with strong pigments, such as cumin, curry powder, coffee grounds, and leafy greens should be swept up right away if they are spilled
Wipe marble with a damp cloth. Use a soft cloth and a little warm water to clean dust and small spills from your marble countertop and floors. Don’t scrub, as this could scratch the marble. Run the cloth over the surface, making a circular motion in the spots that need a little extra pressure.
Wipe the marble dry. Don’t leave pools of water to try on marble countertops or floors, as this could end up leaving a stain. Use a second dry, soft cloth to dry the surfaces after they’re clean.
Use a natural, light soap or marble cleaner for deeper cleaning. If dust or other debris has accumulated a bit on your countertop or floor, dilute a gentle dish soap in a little warm water and use a soft cloth to clean your marble surfaces.
- Never use vinegar on marble. Vinegar is a good natural cleaning agent for many surfaces, but because it is acidic, it can cause marble to corrode.
- For light colored marble, hydrogen peroxide is a good natural cleaning choice.
Shine your marble with a chamois. A chamois cloth is made from a soft fabric that can be used to dry and shine your marble at the same time. This is the gentlest way to shine your marble.
- Commercial marble polishes also work well. If you choose to use a commercial polish, be sure it is actually intended for use on marble, not granite or another type of stone. Marble has special properties that can be harmed by certain chemicals.